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noun Pathology.
  1. underdevelopment of an organ or function, especially in the embryo.

Origin of hypogenesis

Related formshy·po·ge·net·ic [hahy-poh-juh-net-ik] /ˌhaɪ poʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • All simple forms of sexual reproduction without alternation of generations are comprised under the title of hypogenesis.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • In some other cases medusoid develops directly from medusoid (hypogenesis), whether by sexual cells or by gemmation.

hypogenesis in Medicine


  1. Underdevelopment of parts or organs of the body.
Related formshy′po•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.
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